You know feta. The semi soft, tangy Greek-only made goat cheese that you now see everywhere? Well, you have been told that it is the primary ingredient for a wholesome Greek salad. Apart from that, it is still a cheese, and you can use it to serve it as an appetizer (in a thick slice with extra virgin olive oil and oregano), as a side dish, as well as well, duh…as an ingredient in salads, filled pies, and pastries.
Let me try and give you some creative ways to use feta, that you have probably never thought of:
1. Feta Cheese pie: This recipe is one of my favorites. When I was a kid, the school canteen used to sell feta cheese pie, and I remember that then, I hated its tangy flavor so much (hey, I was just a kid – I liked sweet things) but I loved the filo, so when I was buying one, I opened it up, throw feta and eat the filo as is. Over time, feta cheese pie went from the most hated dish to the most loved dish for me (except of stuffed vine leaves) so here is a fantastic recipe you can use as well.
2. Grill it. Similar to haloumi (ok, haloumi doesn’t taste so tangy though), you can put an aluminum foil in pan, put some thick slices of feta on, add a few tomato slices on top, sprinkle with olive oil, oregano and a dash of pepper and throw it in a pre-warmed oven at 200 degrees. Leave it for 8-10 minutes and then remove it and eat hot. Yummy! Recipe here.
3. Use it in the omelet. You simply can’t go wrong with this recipe. Not only it adds healthy protein to your morning omelette (if you eat omelette in the morning) but will fill your stomach and will not feel any hunger until 2:00 (proven fact). Simply, prepare the omelet as you do, and then before emptying it in the frying pan, add cubed slices of feta cheese and mix. Then add the mixture to the pan and prepare as normal. The soft cheese will melt inside the omelet making a wonderful dish! Full recipe here.
4. Spinach pie and feta cheese. But of course. A typical Greek dish made of filo pastry, spinach and feta, to create a fantastic appetizer or main. Full details of the recipe here.
5. Finally, a simple recipe that will take you just 6 minutes to prepare and 10-15 to cook: Feta with aubergines. You halve the aubergines, add feta, olive oil, chopped tomatoes, add thyme, oregano, some pepper and grill. BBC Good Food has some variation, but the taste is the same. Read more here.